Canada consults on proposed microbeads regulations

Environment Canada is seeking public input on its proposal, to regulate microbeads in personal care products by adding them to the country’sList of Toxic Substances. A proposed order was published on 1 August to list the microplastic material. The initiative follows a unanimous vote by the House of Commons, in March, to take “immediate measures” to regulate the tiny plastic beads, used in products like face wash and toothpaste. Among other things, Environment Canada is seeking comment on the economic and technical considerations of the proposal and the challenges and needs of small businesses that would be impacted. The deadline for comments is 10 March. A copy of the consultation document is available at: Consultation document.

Chemical Watch, 10 February 2016 ; ;